Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are both "flawed candidates," former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Wednesday, admitting he is struggling with his decision about whether he'll vote for Trump as the GOP nominee in November.
"I'm a lifelong Republican," Gonzales, now the dean at Belmont University's College of Law in Nashville, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "I believe in the values of the Republican Party. But there are some things about this candidate that trouble me."
However, when it comes to Clinton, Gonzales said he is concerned about her integrity.
"When I look at the qualifications of someone in the Oval Office, integrity is one of the most important," Gonzales, who served under former President George W. Bush, told the program. "I have some serious issues with the integrity of the Democratic nominee. I'm still wrestling with this. We've got some debates that are coming up and I think I want to see them standing side-by-side answering questions. We'll see whether or not all of us become a little bit more informed."
The judgment Clinton showed with her decision to use a personal email server and the whole arrangement is "very, very troubling," Gonzales continued. "The explanations are troubling. I think there's more to learn about what happened here. And so I think we just need to wait and see. You know, this rush to pick a side, I think this is a very important decision here."
When it comes to Trump, Gonzales said he is "somewhat concerned about his temperament and judgment."
"Judgment is very important in the Oval Office," the former attorney general said. "I kind of worry about his reaction to criticism. You know, if you're president of the United States, you're going to make mistakes. It's the nature of the job. Whether you make a mistake or not you're going to be criticized. You have to be able to accept that."
Gonzales said he also does not know either candidate well, and does not think he ever met Trump, where with Bush, he had worked with him in Texas and knew him as a person.
He also admitted he was "disappointed and surprised" by Trump's reaction to Gold Star father Khizr Khan, who criticized the GOP nominee during the Democratic National Convention and his wife, Ghazala, who stood next to him on the stage.
However, Gonzales said, Trump is going through a "learning experience," and "we all make mistakes in things that we say."
Gonzales, also a former counsel to Bush, was on the program to speak about his new book, "True Faith and Allegiance," which he wrote about his perspective of the decisions that were made following the 9/11 attacks.
"There's been a lot said and written about the Bush administration, also about me," Gonzales said.
"Some of it true, some of it not true. At the end of the day I felt it was important for me and my family. All my sons growing up have ever known was President Bush, Gov. Bush. I just wanted to tell the story of events that occurred from my perspective. Others have written books from their perspective and I simply wanted to tell the story in my perspective."
And, he admitted he does have some regrets about what was done during the resulting time of war, but then again, everyone has regrets about actions they have taken.
"We all have regrets," Gonzales said. "We all make mistakes in life. Wouldn't it be great if we all had do-overs in life? But you don't get do-overs. Yeah, I do have regrets. We made some recommendations and decisions that the Supreme Court ultimately said, no, the president doesn't have authority to do that."
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